Mountain West launching giveaway to fans for tournament

    The Mountain West has launched a giveaway in which fans can submit what they think should be the official Twitter and Instagram hashtag of the 2013 Reese's MW Basketball Championships. The conference will narrow down the field to a handful of finalists next Tuesday, March 5, where fans can then vote on their favorite. The Conference office will announce a winner after 3 p.m. MT on Friday, March 8, and the person who submitted the winning hashtag will win a pair of tickets to next year's tournament. To learn more about the promotion and for fans to submit their desired hashtags, please visit



    Mountain West does feature on Air Force pole vaulters

    The Mountain West Digital Network has just posted a feature story of Air Force's pole vaulting corps to the Conference website at This footage can be played directly on the index and track & field pages of It can also can be found on the MW's YouTube Channel at and on Facebook at and we have also tweeted a link to this video to our followers at @TheMWCOlySports. 

    Story about heroics of lacrosse manager Garrett O'Hanlon

     The link below is to a New York Post story on Air Force lacrosse team manager Garrett O'Hanlon and how he saved a man's life.

    2013 Air Force Baseball Media Guide

    The 2013 Air Force baseball media guide is now available.

    2013 Baseball Guide

    The Falcons open the season at UTSA today.

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Men's Basketball - Air Force men's basketball enters another important stretch in the Mountain West conference this week with two of the league's upper tier teams coming to Clune Arena and a chance to make up ground in the standings.  A talented UNLV team comes calling tomorrow night, boasting a lineup that features Freshman phenom and  projected NBA lottery pick Anthony Bennett along with All-Conference performer and another future pro, Mike Moser.  Air Force currently sits deadlocked with the Rebels in fourth place in the conference. The last time the two teams met was just one month ago in an overtime thriller that saw the Falcons relinquished a late lead to falter down the stretch.  Tickets are still available for the UNLV game for as low as $9 by clicking here.  The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free meal card from Qdoba.  This Wednesday will also be Military Appreciation Night at Clune Arena which means $5 upper level tickets for all Military personnel and accompanying guests.  If you are an active or retired serviceman or woman you are eligible for the discount and can take advantage of the $5 offer by clicking here or contacting the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.  $5 tickets will also be available on game night by presenting a valid military i.d. at the Clune Arena box office.  Tip-off is set for 7 pm.

    On Saturday, the Falcons will welcome in another of the MWC's elite when #24 Colorado State visits the Springs.  The Rams have reeled off four straight and currently reside just a half game back of first place in the league.  CSU is just two games up on Air Force, providing a golden opportunity for the Falcons to continue their climb in the conference.  Tickets are still available for this Saturday's 2 pm tip.  To reserve your seats visit the ticket page on or contact the AFA ticket office at 472-195.  Upper level admission starts at just $9.  Scout Day tickets are also available for just $5 for all boy scouts and girl scouts and family members.  For more information about Scout Day tickets please contact the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.  The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free foam Lightning Bolt at the gate courtesy of the Gazette. 


    Hockey vs. Canisius - Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th - Lightning tickets are available for a special discount that allows fans admission to the game and $5 in bonus cash to spend at the concession stand.  Lightning tickets are just $10 on both nights.  Click here for more information.  The first 400 fans in attendance on Friday will also receive a commemorative foam lightning bolt at the gate.


    Coach Pilipovich Show Presented by People's Bank - Live at Back East Bar and Grill - Thursday, February 14th - Catch up with Coach P and host Jim Arthur for your weekly Falcon men's basketball update.  Enjoy an hour of hoops talk and great food and drink specials after work this Thursday.  The show begins at it's regularly scheduled time of 6:30 pm.

    Boxing - Wing Open Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 14th @ 4:30pm - The long road to the Wing Open Finals continues this Thursday when boxing hopefuls square off in the always competitive quarterfinal round of Wing Open bouts at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Admission is free.

    AIR FORCE FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET DEPOSITS NOW BEING ACCEPTED - The Falcon football team will add a bonus home game to their schedule in 2013 meaning extra football and added value for Air Force season ticket holders this upcoming fall!  The 7 game home schedule includes an October showdown with Notre Dame, and the annual service academy battle with Army on the first weekend of November.  To lock in your seats for the 2013 season and take advantage of this early offer, click here. gives Clune Arena high marks, publishes reviews of sports venues from all over the world.  To date, they have posted reviews of over 1,200 different stadiums. Recently posted was a new review of the experience at Clune Arena. To see the complete review, click on the link below.



    Air Force Wrestlers Get Involved in the Community

    On Dec. 1, five members of the Air Force wrestling team--junior Garrett Manley, sophomores Jeremy Delzer, Kyle Morse and Jason Mossing and freshman Ryan VanGuilder--as well as four member of Cadet Squadron 39, volunteered to help the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB) at their annual wrestling tournament.

    The volunteers worked with students and staff from the school keeping score and acting as scribes and runners for the matches. They made sure the matches ran smoothly and that scores for each match were properly recorded and sent up. Two behavioral science majors, Manley and C1C Casey Schindling, organized and executed the event in support of the mission partnership between the Department of Behavioral Sciences (DFBL) and the wrestling team, as well as an ongoing relationship between DFBL and CSDB.

    Mountain West entry to 75th anniversary of March Madness

    As part of the 75th anniversary of March Madness, the Mountain West has submitted an entry to the NCAA's "Your Shining Moment" Video Challenge.  This video can be found on the Conference website directly at, as well as on the front and men's basketball pages of the site.  In addition, we have posted the video to Facebook at and to YouTube at, and tweeted a link to the Facebook page from @TheMWC and @MW_MHoops.  

    Initial Coaches' Panel Rankings Released


    Three Air Force wrestlers are rated in the initial coaches' panel rankings for the 2012-13 season, released today by the NCAA. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

    Senior captain Cole VonOhlen leads the way for the Falcons, rated fourth at 149 pounds. Freshman Josh Martinez is ranked 10th at 125 pounds, while junior Josh Kreimier is ranked 23rd at 157 pounds.

    VonOhlen, a three-time NCAA qualifier, currently holds a 21-2 overall record on the season, his only losses coming to the first- and second-ranked wrestlers. Martinez holds a 20-6 record in his first season with the Falcons, while Kreimier, a 2012 NCAA qualifier, holds a 15-3 mark on the year.

    Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

    To view the complete rankings, click here.

    Former Falcon Chad Hall headed to Super Bowl with 49ers

    Chad Hall, a 2008 Air Force Academy graduate, is part of the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers. Hall was signed to the practice squad during the season by San Francisco and was moved to the active roster for last weekend's NFC Championship game. Hall, who spent the last two seasons with the Eagles, wears No. 14 for the 49ers and plays wide receiver.